Alternative Remedial Math in California

May 8, 2015

Alternate remedial math sequences that emphasize statistics and quantitative reasoning instead of college algebra have yielded promising results at community colleges, according to a new report from Policy Analysis for California Education and LearningWorks.

Most students entering two-year colleges are placed in remedial math courses, based on their scores on placement tests. Those math courses trip up large numbers of students and are unrelated to most students' career aspirations, the report found. Yet the addition of alternative remedial math courses has been difficult in California. The state's public universities have expected all students -- including transfers from community colleges -- to have completed two years of algebra.

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